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Siena is one of the most beautiful Italian cities in fact in 1995 UNESCO recognized the city's historic center World Heritage Site.
Among the elements that make Siena unique, there are certainly its artistic treasures, its history and culture, its medieval urban design and the famous Palio of Siena.
The symbol of the city is a shield, half white and half black, said "Balzana". The legend tells that this symbol represents the smoke black and white release from the fires light by the two founders, Senio and Ascanio, to thank the gods after the founding of the city.
The small size of the town, allow to quickly reach many beautiful and unmissable places.
The heart of the city is Piazza del Campo, famous for its particular shell shape, is the place where take place the Palio Siena. At the highest point of the square is placed Fonte Gaia, named to remember the joy of people when the water flowed for the first time. On the opposite side there is the Palazzo Pubblico, which now houses the Museo Civico and the council amministration of Siena.
On the left of the Palazzo Pubblico stands the famous Torre del Mangia, 88 meters high, and from the top you can enjoy a beautiful view. The tower owes its name to the first bell ringer, called Mangiaguadagni.
Near Piazza del Campo there are Palazzo Piccolomini and the Logge del Papa designed to Pope Pius II Piccolomini. The other famous Siena's place is the Duomo, a complex that includes a number of monuments that are worth a visit, starting from the Cathedral and including the Battistero the Cripta and the Museo dell'Opera.
You can have a panoramic view of the Duomo and the Torre del Mangia from the Basilica of San Domenico, the beautiful and characteristic church, built entirely of brick. Near the basilica and the stadium stands the Fortezza Medicea, built in defense of the city.
Another important place for Siena is represented by Palazzo Salimbeni, located in the square with the same name; it's the headquarters of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, founded in 1472, so the oldest and longest running bank activities in the world.
When you have to decide what to visit in Siena, in addition to the usual "must" is recommended to get lost among the typical narrow streets, to discover hidden corners and see unexpected views. Rich in culture and history Siena is one of the city to visit when you are in Tuscany.